"Be Bold - Jesus Won!" Ascension Sunday 2018

SERMON NOTES:  

The Ascension of Jesus – Why is it important?

Philippians 2 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

The Ascension completes Christ’s victory over that which we are powerless against.
Sin (Crucifixion), Death (Resurrection), Evil (Ascension)! 


The Ascension enthroned Jesus in the position of absolute power and authority over all things and He wants us to know it!   

Ephesians 1 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

It is like Jesus is saying, “Church, please act like I won!  In Me you are victors not victims!” 

What would it look like for me to live in the fullness of Jesus’ victory and power? 

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:  

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Live Loved?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Acts 1:1-11

Tuesday – Philippians 2:6-13

Wednesday – Ephesians 1:17-23

Thursday – Ephesians 2:1-7

Friday – Colossians 3:1-4

Saturday – Psalm 110

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"Inexpressible and Glorious Joy" - Bringing Joy!!

SERMON NOTES:  

We are made for Joy because our Creator and Re-creator is Joy full!

Galatians 5 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace ….

Joy is a powerful, persuasive, authentic yet subtle testimony of Life in Jesus! 
We always get to bring Joy!

1 Peter 1 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 

Habakkuk 3 17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,  though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,  I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Philippians 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 

Matthew 5 13 “You are the salt of the earth. …. 14 “You are the light of the world.

So how has Jesus been training you in Joy?

 SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:  

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Live Loved?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – 1 Peter 1:3-9

Tuesday – Philippians 4:4-9

Wednesday – Habakkuk 3:17-19

Thursday – 1 Peter 3:13-17

Friday – 1 Peter 4:12-19

Saturday – Psalm 103

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"Inexpressible and Glorious Joy" - Practically Joyful

SERMON NOTES:  

We are made for Joy because our Creator and Re-creator is Joy full!

Galatians 5 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace ….

Joy has enemies – the Unholy trinity – The devil, the world and my sinful nature!  

My old nature is Self – Reliant!    When it leads I am very vulnerable.  Why?

            My new nature is God–Reliant!   When it leads I am very productive.  Why? 

Practically Joy-full:

·         “keep His commands”, “embrace His instruction” in my thinking, saying and doing!

John 15 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 

·         “Rejoice ….. Do not be anxious”   Anxiety and fear are the natural fruit of the old me!

Philippians 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 

o   Prayer

o   Gratitude

o   Celebration - focuses us on God and His Goodness revealed! 

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:  

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Live Loved?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?” 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – John 15:5-11

Tuesday – Philippians 4:4-9

Wednesday – Colossians 3:12-17

Thursday – Ephesians 5:15-21

Friday – Isaiah 35

Saturday – Psalm 111

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"Inexpressible and Glorious Joy" - Joy's Unlikely Partner

SERMON NOTES:  

We are made for Joy because Maker is Joy full!

Galatians 5 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace ….

Joy has enemies – the Unholy trinity – The devil, the world and my sinful nature!  

How do they work together against me and joy?      

Galatians 5 16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 

John 3  3 Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, unless someone is born again  he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 

Joy has an unlikely partner – Repentance – “changed thinking” in God’s direction!

Repentance releases Joy!

How does my thinking need to change in God’s direction? 

John 15 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:  

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Live Loved?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Galatians 5:16-25

Tuesday – John 3:1-8

Wednesday – John 15:5-11

Thursday – Psalm 51:1-12

Friday – Matthew 7:24-29

Saturday – Psalm 34

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"Inexpressible and Glorious Joy" - Why Do I Lose It?

SERMON NOTES:  

We were made for Joy!

Nehemiah 8:10 “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength”
Galatians 5 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace ….

Joy has enemies!    (Robbers, thieves, leaks, drains, impostors etc.)

If Joy is a fruit of life with God then enemies of that life are enemies of Joy in my life! 

The Unholy Trinity – a Triple Alliance against Life and Joy!

            The Devil         John 10 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they  may have life, and have it to the full.

            The World     John 16 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this  world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  

            My Sinfulness   Galatians 519 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual  immorality, impurity and  debauchery…; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. 

John 15 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:  

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Live Loved?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Nehemiah 8:9-12

Tuesday – Psalm 100

Wednesday – John 10:7-13

Thursday – Galatians 5:16-25

Friday – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Saturday – Zephaniah 3:14-17

"Inexpressible and Glorious Joy" - How Do We Get It?

SERMON NOTES:  

“Joy is at the heart of God’s plan for human beings. 
The reason this is worth pondering awhile: Joy is at the heart of God himself.” – John Ortberg

 

The JOY Perspective:  “God’s capacity for Joy makes possible our experience of Joy!” 

God’s capacity for Joy… is seriously underestimated!

     Psalm 118 24This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

     John 15 11I have told you this, so that, my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 

     Galatians 5 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace ….
 

“Joy is the serious business of heaven” – C.S. Lewis
 

…makes possible…
 

Ephesians 5 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
 

     “If I need more Joy it means I need more of God!”
 

...our experience of Joy!

     Philippians 4 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  

                  Living joy-fully takes practice …….. Gratitude and Celebration! 

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:  

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Live Loved?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Psalm 118:21-29

Tuesday – Psalm 19

Wednesday – John 15:9-11

Thursday – Galatians 5:16-25

Friday – Philippians 4:4-9

Saturday – Habbakuk 3:17-19

"Inexpressible and Glorious Joy" - Easter 2018

SERMON NOTES:  

Joy and Easter just go together!

What would it be like to live with Joy that is inexpressible and glorious? 

Matthew 28 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”  8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

1 Peter 13 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead……
…… 
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 

Inexpressible and glorious Joy…

·         Flows from this “new birth into a living hope” life secured by the resurrection of Jesus
 

·         Is a result of loving and believing in Jesus (even though we haven’t seen Him)
 

·         Is a “now” thing no matter how bad our circumstances!

 

Joy Tools:  “REJOICE!  He is Risen!”

 

What’s your “JOY ?”

 

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:  

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Live Loved?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

 

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Matthew 28:1-7

Tuesday – Matthew 28:8-15

Wednesday – 1 Peter 1:3-9

Thursday – 1 Peter 1:13-21

Friday – Philippians 4:4-7

Saturday – Psalm 150

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Palm Sunday 2018 "See, Your King Comes To You

SERMON NOTES:  

The key to getting the most out of Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter …. and beyond is to:

            “Embrace what Jesus is up to … instead of what He is not up to!” 1  

So Jesus, what are you up to?

Matthew 21  5 “Say to Daughter Zion,    ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey,
 and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
11 The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.

I see Jesus…

·          Being a different sort of King
 

·          Coming to fight “for me”…
 

·          Against my truest enemy…
 

·          Even if fighting “for me” means sometimes working against me …
 

·         Because He loves me! 

1What Jesus (God) has said and done is the lens needed to be able to see what He is up to now! 

SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:  

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me?  How am I learning to Live Loved?

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Monday – Matthew 21:12-17

Tuesday – Matthew 22:34-40

Wednesday – Matthew 26:6-13

Thursday – Matthew 26:31-35

Friday – Matthew 27:22-31

Saturday – Matthew 27:45-66